In the Washington D.C. area, a Grinch and thief named Anger was arrested for stealing candy Christmas decorations from a charity. Sadly, this is not uncommon, and around Christmas, a Colorado couple was arrested for stealing Christmas decorations.
MyFoxDC has several photos from the Christmas decorations theft that were taken via a surveillance camera when the incident occurred in early December. Shown is the suspect later identified as Daniel Ryan Anger.
The Washington Times reported on the arrest, and stated that Daniel Ryan Anger “stole a three-foot handmade lollipop and tried to swipe a Tootsie Roll and large snowman from a Brookeville home’s Christmas display.”
Anger, age 19, is no longer a resident of the Washington D.C. area, and now lives in New City, New York. After the theft, Montgomery County police said a red decoration and lollipop were found in the nearby Brinklow area. The items were later found near Anger’s former Brinklow-area home. The theft of the Tootsie Roll decoration was thwarted because it was secured to the ground.
Fox4News made an initial report about the Christmas decorations theft, and gave a background on the victim. Chrysa Thear, a resident of Brookeville, Maryland, opens the grounds of her home each Christmas to hundreds of daily visitors for a charity donation event. She handmade many of the Christmas decorations that are outdoors on display. A WJILA report interviewed Thear, who said creating the outdoor display takes her up to two months to arrange.
A sign near the Christmas decorations display says, “Winter Wonderland. Please follow the candy path of lights around the front and backyard for lots of smiles… Donations accepted for Manna Food Center and Breast Cancer Research… Keep out of the display area.”
Thear stated, “I’ve been doing this for 15 years. It started with my snowman obsession and worked its way back every year.”
After encountering a few Grinches who damaged Christmas decorations in recent years, Thear installed surveillance cameras to catch Christmas decoration theft. Daniel Ryan Anger will be charged with theft under $1,000 and malicious destruction under $500, but being a Grinch associated with vandalizing Christmas decorations is infamy that may prove difficult to shake.
[All images from the linked references in the article.]